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23 Yr Old Playwright’s “Our Lady” Sells Out Opening Night at the Fringe NYC: Aims to Inspire Gay Youth

 

 On Monday night at the Living Theatre, James Fluhr and Company premiered Our Lady to a standing ovation from a sold-out house. Jason Jacobs of NYTheatre.com described the show as “a theatrical experience that holds [the audience] enthralled” and “the splashiest production [he’s] ever seen at FringeNYC.”

In a personal essay written for the Huffington Post prior to opening, James Fluhr, the playwright/director/star of Our Lady, reflected on the phone call he received from his father after he had found pictures of James in drag on Facebook.  This transformative moment led to the creation of Our Lady and turned a frightening and hateful experience into an uplifting universal tale of strength.  Read the essay here: http://huff.to/P4TBfU.

On August 14th, in the evening after the premiere, James was interviewed on Out-FM on WBAI Pacifica Radio by Marle Becker. Listen to the interview here: http://goo.gl/fb/WqVp6.  The interview begins near the 16-minute mark.

 

Our Lady will play four more shows at the Living Theatre on 21 Clinton Street: August 18, 3:45PM; August 20, 4PM; August 23, 10PM; and August 25, 12PM. The 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), a production of The Present Company, runs from August 10-26th and tickets are $15-18. For tickets, visit www.FringeNYC.org.

James would like announce that he is donating tickets to those involved with an organization that reaches out to LGBTQ youth.  We want this show to be seen by people it can inspire.  Our Lady is only as effective and powerful as the lives it touches.

Please direct all communication to ourladytheplay@gmail.com for ticket donations. 

 

About Our Lady

Our Lady was born in May 2011 as a public thesis presentation at Boston University. After receiving positive feedback from peers and faculty, Our Lady was produced as a workshop in association with the Boston Center for American Performance and the Boston University New Play Initiative in October 2011. In January 2012, Our Lady was a part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where it was nationally recognized for Distinguished Performance of a Lead Actor and Distinguished Production of a New Play. Most recently, Our Lady was presented in April 2012 as part of the first Lougheed-Kofoed Festival for the Arts at the State University of New York, Potsdam.

 

About James Fluhr

James Fluhr is a writer, designer, actor and director. A graduate of Boston University (CFA’11), he has spent the last year writing and performing his original solo performance, Our Lady, for the Massachusetts and New York communities. His performance of Our Lady for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival was awarded Distinguished Performance of a Lead Actor and Distinguished Production of a New Play. His scenic design for Boston Center for American Performance’ s production of The Road to Mecca won the IRNE award for best scenic design for a small company. He was also the first recipient of the Karen Carpenter Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts at Boston University. His training primarily lies in scenic design and physical performance.

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